Hong Kong Itinerary

Hong Kong 6 Days itinerary

Getting Lost in Hong Kong

People often travel to escape reality but for me, it's different I want more than that. I love to explore the authenticity and wonders of another country. The next country on my vacation checklist is Hong Kong, the name is derived from two Chinese characters which mean "fragrant harbour", I bet they got that name because of the aromatic smell of their noodles and dumplings along with the port during those times. 

Our Hong Kong trip was planned months ahead by my college friends. Yet it turns out that they were not able to come along for the trip, too bad for them because we had so much fun and I'm still friends with them. Good thing my mum never backs out on any travel plans. And it was way easier for me to plan out the budget, book the hostel and decide on the activities. Let’s go! 

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Hong Kong 6 Days itinerary

Budget: HKD6,000 / S$1000 / $800 (two pax)
(++ depends on food and shopping) 

Check-in: Shanghai Hostel, Chunking Mansion, 5 minutes away from Tsim Sha Tsui MTR, Exit N1.
Accommodation: 4 Nights 5 Days HKD2300 /S$350 /$300
Food: HKD1500 /S$250/$200
Transportation, Entrance Fees, Souvenir: HKD2400 /S$390 /$310 

1st Day
Morning Arrival 
Lunch at Fairfood near East Tsim Sha Tsui MTR 
Food prices range below HKD 250-125 / S$20

Lantau Island: Tsung Chun MTR

Sightseeing Victoria Harbor and Avenue of Stars
Nearest MTR: Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station Exit J and follow the signs.

Watch Symphony of Lights in Victoria Harbor.

Two options to purchase your Disney ticket. 
1. Along Avenue of the Stars there's a stall where you can buy the ticket. Buy them before 10 pm to get a free gift. 
2. Or buy in your hostel to get a discounted ticket. I choose the second option. 

Night Market in Temple Street. Nearest MTR: Jordan or Yau Ma Tei. 

2nd Day 

Take the Disneyland Resort Line: Take the Tung Chung MTR line transfer to Sunny Bay Station, then onwards to the Disneyland Resort Station.
Entrance Fee: HKD 450/ $75

2 persons: HKD 1,300/ $150/ S$190
In our hostel, they sell it for HKD 420.

Food is not allowed inside. 
Pricey Lunch around HKD 450 / $75

Late Dinner near Mong Kok Station. In Argyle, Bazaar Mall headed to the basement hall and had dinner in Cafe de Coral plus with free wifi. 
Dinner: HKD125 / S$20

3rd Day
Hongkong to Macau

China Ferry Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui. Walk through Harbour City Mall, or take a taxi to 33 Canton Road.

Ferry Price range: HKD 132 to HKD 172 

We took Roundtrip Turbojet tickets from Hong Kong to Macau: HKD 145, 
Macau to Hong Kong: HKD 185.

We bought Oceanpark tickets inside the Macau ferry terminal. Cheaper, no taxes added. Ticket price: $260

Lunch at the Olympus Hotel. Free. 

In Macau Sands Hotel just outside the hotel across the street, we visited Macau's Fishermans Wharf. 

Macau Tower. 

Casino Sightseeing: Check out Grand Lisboa Hotel / Lisboa Hotel. 

In Senado Square / Ruins of St. Paul Church / Monte Fortress. Check out a famous eatery selling Portuguese Egg Tarts. Try out different delicacies, free taste is provided in each store. 

Food trip: Milk Tea and Meat, Vegetable with Curry sauce. 

Late-night departure to Hong Kong, back before 12 midnight. 

4th Day
Ocean Park

Admiralty MTR, nearby Bus Interchange take Bus 629 to Ocean Park.

Food is not allowed unless you can hide it. 

Ocean Park - HKD 320 / S$50 /$40

( We bought ahead of time Ocean Park tickets inside the Macau ferry terminal. Cheaper, no taxes added. Ticket price: $260 )

Dinner at Delicious Kitchen near Tsim Sha Tsui MTR. 

5th Day
Mall Hopping

Brunch at Guangdong Barbeque Restaurant near East Tsim Sha Tsui MTR. 

Jordan Station drops by Sports Outlet only to find out there's more at Mong Kok station. Everywhere there's a branded Sports outlet there. 

Check out Langham Place for air-conditioned shopping comfort. 

Snacks at Hui Lau Chan

Dinner at Hokkaido Rice Pizza in ISquare. Right across the street from Chunking Mansion.

6th Day
0645 to Airport 

Breakfast at Popeyes HKD40 

(Planned to go to Shek O Beach. Take Bus #9 from Shau Kei Wan MTR station and get off at the last stop. Travel time: 1 hour and 30 minutes)

No more cash and Time Consuming so stayed in the airport. 

Mcdonalds Lunch: HKD 40 

Window shopping at Terminal 2. Watch a Movie at the Airport Cinema. 

Must-try foods:
Dimsum, Dumpling, Noodles, Ice Deserts, and Milk Tea. Either in Tim Ho Wana or Lan qui fong

Important Words: (Don't waste your time, No use at all)
Chai Nali - Where? 
Sa Pien – There?
Jieko Ching - Discount, please

Unvisited Places:
1. Lin Heung Tea House 
How to get there: Hong Kong Island, 160-164 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong; 852-2544-4556
(Nearest MTR: Central, 10 min walk from Sham Shui Po MTR, another 5-10 minutes walk to Wellington Street.

2. The Peak 
How to get there: Hongkong Island, high altitude, and a panoramic view of the area by Sky Pass/Observatory Deck. Madame Tussauds is located at The Peak.

3. Macau: City of Dreams Shows. 

4. Wooloomooloo Rooftop Bar: 27th Floor, 31/F Rooftop The Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hongkong 
Nearest: MTR Wanchai & Jaffee Road Bars

5. Stanley Market: MTR Chai Wan station

6. Beaches: 
Shek O Beach. Take Bus #9 from Shau Kei Wan MTR station and get off at the last stop. Travel time: 1 hour and 30 minutes. 

Trio Beach. Take the 1A minibus from Choi Hung MTR or 101M minibus from Hang Hau MTR; get off at Pak Sha Wan, where a sampan makes the 10-minute journey to the beach OR MTR Choi Hung Station Exit C2, then take the minibus route 1A. MTR Hang Hau Station, then take the minibus route 101M.

Sai Kung, you can either take an MTR to Diamond Hill Station (about HK$7/8), then bus 92 (HK$5.8) to Sai Kung, or an MTR to Choi Hung and, from near exit C1, take green minibus 1A (HK$8) to Sai Kung. Bus 92, about every 15 minutes, takes about 40 mins, whereas the green minibus operates about every 3 minutes and is much faster, taking about 20 mins. They both terminate at Sai Kung Promenade. 

Travel Motto in Hong Kong: "Follow the Signs"

"We, unfortunately, lost most of the pictures from this trip and only managed to rescue a few that were not of great quality."

What to do in Hong Kong

First Day

We arrived at Hong Kong International Airport in the morning. The country is divided into two parts: the airport is located in the mainland of Hong Kong where it's connected to a smaller island. It is linked by a bridge and an underwater subway and that island is redundantly called Hong Kong Island, this is also the place where our Hostel is situated. Once we arrived at the airport I noticed all the signs were properly placed for everyone to follow, this is not just in the airport but also in the MTR  stations. Read the signs, follow it and you will never get lost in HK. That's why I'll always be pointing out my HK motto in all my posts. Inside the airport we followed the signs leading to the Bus Interchange, on the way you'll pass by the Train ticket station where you'll purchase your octopus card- this is a must-have! This is quite important for your transportation all around Hong Kong.

Navigating the Train System

MTR means Mass Transport Railway which is Hong Kong's rapid train service.

Adult Octopus Card for MTR ride around the city: HKD150 / S$25 / $20 (Inclusive of refundable HKD 50 load)

There's also an Airport Express train, the first train leaves at 5:54 Am. It costs more so better yet take the bus, you're on holiday you've got all the time you need. At the bus interchange, we took Bus # A21 which goes to Tsim Sha Tsui. The bus station is located just outside the airport. If you have a midnight flight then you can take the night bus N21 to TST at the same location. I'm pointing out this bus service because the majority of all the cheap hostels are around this area too. 

Finding a Reliable Accommodation

I've done my research and asked a lot of my friends who've been to HK and most of them advised me to book our accommodation at the Chunking Mansions. This place is not really a hundred percent safe, clean and friendly, and that would even be your first impression when you get there but it's really not that bad. The ground floor holds a variety of shops managed by Indians, Arabs, and more. However, it's really not that bad when you get to your room whichever floor it is. Make sure to read Tripadvisor and travel forums about your hostel. We landed in a very clean room, with everyday housekeeping and new towels. 

The management even gave us the family room but we only stayed for a night. Don't stay higher than the fifth floor because the elevator there is torture. I requested the room I've booked and the precise floor that was stated in my booking. It was a smaller room but the accessibility to get to the elevator fast had bigger chances. This place is great for backpackers looking for budget-friendly accommodation. I saw different nationalities booked their rooms in Chunking Mansion, you are not alone even the people who can surely afford a hotel stay in this place. Join the craze and just have fun with it. Thinking too much on a holiday is not good for you and your companions. 

Where to Stay in Hong Kong

Chunking Mansion (5 mins. away from Tsim Sha Tsui MTR, Exit N1)
Accommodation: 4 Nights 5 Days HKD2300 /S$350 /$300

We arrive at the hostel an hour before lunchtime. There are two ways to get to the TST station in our place. One was across the street in front of the hostel and the next one was just around the corner nearby 7"11. We noticed this second option after 2 days of roaming around the area. On our first day, we crossed the street outside of the hostel, passed by different kinds of shops, and found another train station East Tsim Sha Tsui MTR. We came to a stop in Fairfood for lunch. Food prices range below HKD 250-125 / S$20. It was a few steps away from East Tsim Sha Tsui MTR. 

Lantau Island

The first thing on our list for the day was to visit Lantau Island. 

How to get there: Lantau Island

Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal is a 2-minute walk from Exit B of MTR's Tung Chung Station.

We took the green line MTR and changed to the yellow line station. From Tung Chung MTR exit, proceed outside, walk past the mall and look for the bus terminal. Unfortunately, the cable car going to the island was under construction. So we took the longer path by New Lantau Bus Line 23 which took around 45 minutes to an hour to get to the island. Still, it was a pleasant ride because we got to see the mountains up close and the body of water surrounding the island. Bus Fare: HKD 17- HKD 30 

Cable Car to Lantau Island

The renovation should be done by now so if you're planning to take the cable car then here is some information about it. Ngong Ping 360 is a 5.7 km cable car ride that stretches from Tung Chung to Ngong Ping Plateau. The 25-minute cable car ride features great views of Lantau Island, the Giant Buddha, Hong Kong International Airport, and Ngong Ping Village. Tickets: Ngong Ping 360, adult/child HKD 60-150 Round trip journey

No Tour Guide Needed

You don't need to book any tour going to Lantau Island, it's better to just wander around and see the different side of Hong Kong. We went to the gigantic Buddha named Tian Tan Buddha wherein you have to take 256 steps to reach the top. The sight above was pretty nice, you can see the mountains and it makes you feel closer to the higher being above. I guess this is one of the reasons why monasteries and temples were built on mountains. Afterwards, we went sightseeing in the Po Lin Monastery, Fisherman's Wharf, and window shop in the fancy marketplace, and had ice cream at their European-inspired garden park. 

We took the bus again back to the MTR station. Try to leave the island before 5 pm, the place is jam-packed with tourists and the queue gets really crazy. After spending the whole day in Lantau Island we went for a relaxing late afternoon stroll in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Sightseeing Victoria Harbor and Avenue of Stars

How to get there: Victoria Harbor and Avenue of Stars

Nearest MTR: Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station Exit J and follow the signs.

Watch Symphony of Lights in Victoria Harbor. It holds the Guinness World Records as the world's largest permanent light and sound show.

Disneyland Tips

We were planning to go to Disneyland the next day. There are two options to purchase the tickets: 
1. Along Avenue of the Stars there's a stall where you can buy the ticket and get a free gift. Buy them before 10 pm. 
2. Or buy a discounted ticket in the hostel. I chose option two. Normally the ticket is around HKD 450 in our hostel they sell it a bit cheaper for  HKD 420.

It was still too early to get back to the hostel so we dropped by the Night Market on Temple Street. Nearest MTR: Jordan or Yau Ma Tei. We chose Jordan MTR, where the market is just 3 blocks away from Temple Street. 
Second Day: Hong Kong Disneyland "Where Dreams Come True"

Disneyland is a place where you can be who you want to be. Once you're inside the gate of this fantasy land you can wear anything you want and people will not judge you. You can wear the biggest Mickey Mouse ears and it will absolutely look normal. I've been dreaming of this place since I was young. The feeling of being able to go to this magical place still strikes me. I admit I'm still a child at heart, always will and forever will. I hope my husband doesn't mind. Ahahaa

When we had the chance to be in Hong Kong for a few days, we never hesitated to allow a whole day of fun in Disneyland. It was passed 9 in the morning when we left the hostel. Our tickets were bought ahead of time, and a stress-free vibe was established right away. 

How to get there: Disneyland Hong Kong

Take the Tung Chung MTR line transfer to Sunny Bay Station, then onward to Disneyland Resort Line, or take note of bus No. R11, R22, R33, R42, R33, R42 

Disneyland Entrance Fee: HKD 450/ $75 (In our hostel they sell it for HKD 420)
Hours: 10:00 to 20:00 (weekends); 10:30 to 20:00 (weekdays)

Budget for 2 persons: HKD 1,300/ $150/ S$190

Have your breakfast before heading to Disneyland, all the prices are way over the top inside the vicinity. The souvenir shops have reasonable prices, so make sure to buy at least one keychain. My mum bought the signature Disneyland logo figurine for her display cabinet. We managed to get on all the rides we loved in the park. 

Favorite Rides and Shows in Hong Kong Disneyland

First Stop: Fantasyland

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Our first ride was inside The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, a cute place to see the whole gang: Tiger, Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit,  Kanga and Roo, Owl, and of course Christopher Robin. We buckled up in an oversized Hunny Pot as we explored Hundred Acre Wood it tells stories of Winnie the Pooh and his friends. A storybook ride filled with music, lively characters and the adventures of a happy-go-lucky yet wise bear of all time. I remember how I found this TV series boring back then, however, I would still watch it every day. I grew fond of its simplicity and carefree vibe. Winnie the Pooh was a book created by A. A. Milne in 1926.

Dumbo the Flying Elephant 

Just in front of the Winnie, the Pooh attraction is Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride. A joyful ride on Dumbo's back as it flies up and down while slowly spinning in the air. I don't exactly remember Disney’s 1941 animated classic movie. I know that it tells about Dumbo a special elephant who was born with large ears. He embraces his uniqueness and eventually learns to fly and soar in the sky.
Meet and Greet Disney Characters 

Meet and greet Disney Characters in Fantasy Gardens and picture taking with Mickey Mouse and the Gang too. The park at that time had a masquerade-themed and all the characters were dressed handsomely in each gazebo. The characters present were the all-time classic Disney characters: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, and Pluto, I think I saw Donald Duck drop by too. Photographers are willing to take your pictures, as for me I just hand in my camera because I'm not planning any snap photos. A print of pictures can be purchased at the nearby kiosk.

Mad Hatter Tea Cups

Mad Hatter Tea Cups is one of my favorites! It looked pretty lame because you'll be seated in an oversized teacup, everything is bigger in Disneyland and it's absolutely, ridiculously cool as ever. I like things bigger now. Well I thought it was just going to be a smooth ride, I was wrong. The teacups will be spinning just like stirring a spoon or being inside a washing machine, plus the circus songs and the blinding lights will make you feel really dizzy. A wheel is placed in the middle of teacups so the more you turn it around, the same goes for your ride. I was driving the wheel like crazy, and my mum and I laughed like lunatics. 
Mickey’s PhilharMagic

We went for a 3d movie at Mickey’s PhilharMagic, the featured film was about Donald Duck being transported in different Disney Movies. Memorable songs played like “Be Our Guest” from Beauty and the Beast, “I Just Can't Wait To Be King” from The Lion King, “You Can Fly” from Peter Pan, “A Whole New World” from Aladdin, and  “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid. The last two are my all-time favorite Disney Princess Movies. I've watched both these movies countless times, most especially The Little Mermaid. 

I remember when I was young I used to join those drawing contests, how I repeatedly drew Ariel sitting in stone with splashes of water at her side. I've always won, then one time I was advised to draw something different like the rainforest, which ended my journey to make it to the top. So for kids out there continue doing the same drawing that you like no matter what they say, change at your pace.
It's a Small World 

It's a Small World musical boat tour about world peace, different cultures, and traditions from The North Pole, Europe, The Middle East, Africa, America, Asia, and The Pacific Islands. The singing and dancing melted my heart as they sang songs of friendship, love, unity, and hope. There are plenty of surprise appearances from Disney's and Pixar's characters during the boat tour too. It makes you see the world through a child's eye, and you will surely come out as a different person after the ride. Check out: Disneyland's Railroad, Snow White Grotto, Cinderella's Carousel, and Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Second Stop: Adventureland

Raft to Tarzan's Treehouse

Afterwards, we went for the Raft to Tarzan's Treehouse, where it took us to a small nearby island that has this gigantic treehouse known as Tarzan's Treehouse. I've always loved Tarzan's Movie, it's about a boy who was brought up by a family of Bears and grew up as a protector of the jungle. The movie's soundtrack entitled "You'll be in my heart" by Phil Collins still stirs me up whenever I hear its melody. 

Festival of The Lion King

Make sure to watch the Festival of The Lion King showtime is around 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 4:30 PM, and 6:00 PM. A spectacular showing featuring the cast from the movie The Lion King, specifically the lovebirds Simba and Nala together with the funniest best friends Timon and Pumba.

Check out the Jungle River Cruise and Liki Tiki's around Adventureland too. Other attractions: Grizzly Gulch, Main Street, U.S.A, Mystic Point, Tomorrowland, and Toy Story Land. 

Lunch at Main Street, U.S.A and Disney Parade

We went to Main Street, U.S.A to have our lunch and prepare for the 3 pm Disney ParadeFood is not allowed inside. Pricey Lunch is around HKD 450 / $75  however, the restaurant is a perfect spot to watch the Disney Parade. 
Fireworks Display

My favorite part was the Fireworks Display, make sure to be seated in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle before 7pm. A lot of people are anticipating this night's finale and you want to grab the best seat in front. Remember the iconic Disney movie introduction with the castle lighted up with fireworks? this is that moment. The opening part of all those Disney movies I've seen was brought to life on that very night. The castle lighted in different colors and a splash of lights filled the sky. Disney songs and movies filled the air giving a surreal feeling of nostalgia. 

Everyone didn't take their eyes off the fireworks display, no babies cried and even the cameras stayed still as they captured the magical moment. It lasted for 30 minutes yet it didn't seem that long, everyone wanted to see more of it. However, the fireworks display is subject to change due to weather conditions, compared to the parade they have a short and wet parade alternative if it rains.

Late-night dinner near Mong Kok Station. In Argyle Bazaar Mall we went to the basement hall and had our dinner in Cafe de Coral. Dinner: HKD125 / S$20 plus with free wifi.

Third-Day: Hong Kong to Macau

Welcome to China

I've never been to China before yet I can imagine myself backpacking in that foreign land. When I knew that a part of China could be reached by boat in Hong Kong I made sure we got there. I fancied the countryside but that's way too far from our side so I decided that we visit the Casino capital of Asia. Macau is one of the Special Administrative Regions of the People's Republic of China, aside from Hong Kong. This part of China is booming with flying colors, casinos mushroomed like daisies and people throw money like trash.  

How to get there via Hong Kong

China Ferry Terminal is located in Tsim Sha Tsui. Walk through Harbour City Mall until you reach the end or take a taxi to 33 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. Don't hesitate to ask for directions.

Ferry to Macau Price range: HKD 132 to HKD 172 
Ferry Runs From TST: Every thirty minutes from 07:00 until 24:00

We took Roundtrip Turbojet tickets from Hong Kong to Macau: HKD 145
Macau to Hong Kong: HKD 185
Travel time: 1 hour (depends on the weather conditions)

Ferry to Macau Tips

In the Macau ferry terminal, you have the option to buy Oceanpark tickets. We were planning to go the next day so it was a perfect opportunity to get discounted tickets. Cheaper, no taxes added. Ticket price: HKD 260

Beware: Avoid Any Tour Guides!

We met a lady who introduced herself as a tour guide. She knows Macau at the back of her hand, the bus numbers, street alleys, and all the tourist attractions. Agent fee: HKD 100 (good for 2 pax)

She knew the place so well that we were able to get a free Lunch at the Olympus Hotel. They asked us to register in the casino and that's how we got the free meal at Oceanus Hotel. I advised you to roam Macau on your own, getting lost is part of the fun, I forgot about that for a second when I said yes to a tour guide. Anyway, it has its pros and cons. Let's focus on the bright side. 

Outside the ferry terminal, there are plenty of free shuttle buses to different hotel locations. We took the bus to the Sands Hotel and again registered for a free membership. I'm not quite sure what am going to do with all my hotel membership cards but I guess it's a good souvenir. In the Macau Sands Hotel just outside the hotel across the street, we visited Macau's Fisherman's Wharf. This is Macau's first theme park located at Freguesia da Sé in the Macau Peninsula, near the Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Pier. Make sure to check out this place, it's like roaming around Rome in Asia. (One day I'll go to Rome and see my imagination come to life).

Fisherman's Wharf

Estimated bus fare: MOP 3.20 - MOP 4.50
Across the street away from the Fisherman's Wharf, we took Bus 28A to A-Ma Temple one of the oldest and most famous Taoist temples in Macau. Always check the bus route before hopping onto the bus. Another Nearby Attraction: Maritime Museum

Macau Tower

Afterwards, just outside the temple, we took another bus # 21 to Macau Tower

Senado Square

We went to the nearby bus stop outside Macau Tower and headed straight to Senado Square or Largo do Senado in Portuguese. According to my research: Take buses 2, 3, 3A, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8A, 10, 10A, 11, 18, 19, 21A, 26A, 33, and stop at Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro (San Ma Lo)Most of the streets and landmarks are labeled in Portuguese in Macau

This is the place where everybody ends up after a long day, 2005 UNESCO's World Heritage that simply transports you to the Portuguese colonization era. People gather here for attraction, food, and shopping. It's a crowded place to be on a weekend but that's what makes it a more interesting place to be. Different nationalities from all over the world visit Senado Square to experience its diversity. 

Nearby Attractions: Monte Fortress and Macau Museum adjacent to the Church Ruins

St. Paul's Church

Walk around and don't worry you'll never miss the Ruins of St. Paul's Church around the area. 

Portuguese Egg Tarts

A few metres away from the church check out the famous eatery selling Portuguese Egg Tarts too, it's located on one of those uphill roads. The egg tart was moist and sweet adding the feeling of wanderlust into it which makes it more special. Try out different delicacies in each shop and don't worry they won't mind, just make sure to say thank you with your biggest smile. Free taste is provided in each store. 

Before heading out of Senado Square we did my favorite part of the trip. Food trip! We had the famous Milk Tea and a bowl of Meat and Vegetable with curry Chinese sauce. 

Casino Sightseeing begins! 

Grand Lisboa Hotel

Walked away from Senado Square to nearby casinos. The nearest one is the Grand Lisboa Hotel / Lisboa Hotel. Crossed several streets to watch a fountain light display outside the Wynn Hotel for a few minutes. 

Tree of Prosperity in Wynn Macau 

Then another amazing nature-themed display named Tree of Prosperity in Wynn Macau was shown. This fountain show is amazing, it's not just about lights and sounds. This gigantic globe opens up then a majestic tree slowly rises as the ceiling changes. It's ironic how they render the message about the environment whilst outside the establishment is the booming casino industry.  Across Wynn Hotel, took a free shuttle bus from Star World Hotel to Galaxy Macau Hotel. Watched another Fountain Show in Galaxy Macau. 

Fortune Diamond (Galaxy Macau)

A dance performance welcomed us as we went to Fortune Diamond (Galaxy Macau). Mimicking a graceful peacock dance with blasting colors in the background. This fountain display was quite surprising too, it started with a simple unison of water and light then came out this enormous diamond. 

It was a sophisticated display due to the big diamond appearance mixed up with a grand dance introduction. Each casino really has its own surprises. Talking about surprises one dancer gave my mum a voucher, and the customer service then gave her this long-necked glass with the peacock symbol of the hotel. She was happy about it for her display cabinet. 

Venetian Macau

After the grand display in Galaxy Macau, we went out to take the free shuttle bus to Venetian Macau. The last Casino sightseeing on our list. This hotel was grand, elegant, and totally blind blowing, for someone like me who stays in a backpackers hostel once in a blue in a 5-star hotel,  this was like a palace. Everything was painted in gold, with intricate carvings, a high ceiling with religious drawings, and an enormous lobby with extravagant stairs, and big pillars. It's the finest luxury casino hotel in Macau or maybe even in Asia according to some critics. 

Gondola-Themed Attraction

My favorite is at the Venetian casino's shopping mall where you'll see a Paris-themed Gondola section, where a gondola sails on a fake canal under a fake blue sky. I guess this is where Singapore's Marina Bay Sand Shoppes Gondola-themed attraction got the idea too.

Afterwards, we went straight to a connecting bridge to the Sands Hotel for our free dinner. 
Late-night departure to Hong Kong, back before 12 midnight. 

Fourth Day: Ocean Park

Hong Kong's Must-See Attraction

I've never intended to go to Ocean Park, and then my roommate persuaded me that it's one of Hong Kong's must-see attractions. My mum mentioned how she'd love to see the dolphin show too, so we went and I'm actually glad we did. 

How to get there: Ocean Park

Address: Near Wong Chuk Hang in the Southern District on Hong Kong Island.

Take Admiralty MTR, go to the nearby Bus Interchange, and take Bus 629 to Ocean Park.

Or according to my research: take note of bus No. 72, 72A, 92, 96, 592, 6A, 6X, 70, 75, 90, 97, 260, 38, 42, 77, 99, 171, 671, 107, 170. 

Admission: HKD 345 (Adult); HKD 175 (Children from 3-11 years old) subject to change
Opening Hours: 10:00 - 19:30

Ocean Park Ticket Tips

We bought ahead of time for our Ocean Park tickets when we went to Macau, just inside the Macau ferry terminal where it's cheaper due to no taxes added. Ticket price: $260.  Ocean Park tickets (2 pax) HKD 520 / S$95 /$85

Two major attractions in the park: 

The Waterfront
Check out: Amazing Asian Animals, Aqua City, Waterfront Cable Car Station, Ocean Express Waterfront Station, and Whiskers Harbour

The Summit
Check out: Summit Cable Car Station, Ocean Express Summit Station, Marine World, and Polar Adventure

Thrill Mountain

We took the Cable Car Station to Thrill Mountain to watch the dolphin show and for the extreme rides.

Marine World - Ocean Theatre

The first stop is in the Marine World - Ocean Theatre for the Dolphin Show.

Then we had our lunch after a series of mishaps in the circus-like carnival section. I wanted to get the watermelon stuffed toy so I wasted HKD 50 to get it. Unfortunately, it was not a lucky time for me to play. Anyways food is not allowed inside the park unless you're good at hiding things. Burger Meal Lunch: HKD 125 / S$20

The Summit

The Flash: Widest Ride Ever!

The Summit has a lot to offer especially for the brave hearts and thrill-seekers. My favorite ride of all time is The Flash. Spinning at 360 degrees with a top speed of 60 km/h plus with rotating seats. The Flash was an insanely wild ride that literally takes your breath away. I saw my legs effortlessly dangle from side to side while my hair flew like I was in space. My mum joined the craze as our screams turned to laughter as the ride kept on spinning and turning. It was really so wild that I had to stop screaming to breathe for a few seconds and shout again. This is quite different from the usual roller coaster, you don't see tracks or a person in front of you instead you see the sky, your feet, your hair, nothing, and the awesome birds-eye view in spinning angles. 

Hair Raiser 

Another wild ride is the Hair Raiser suspended high above the ground with a great view of the South China Sea. The Hair Raiser is a floorless, roller coaster ride that you don't want to miss when you're in Ocean Park. 

The Abyss Turbo Drop

I also loved The Abyss Turbo Drop, a ride that takes you slowly up a tall tower, stops abruptly, and with great force suddenly drops (without hitting the ground of course) leaving you happily breathless.

Try to make the most of your time and do the extreme rides first, then afterwards you can settle down and see the rest of the grounded attractions. We were in the park during the weekend, just try to imagine the crowd and I don't even want to talk about the queue for each ride. Patience and lots of enthusiasm are needed to avoid being irritable while waiting in line. If I had a choice, I would prefer to visit the park on a weekday.

Ocean Express Summit Station 

Going back to my Ocean Park experience, after we did most of the rides from Thrill Mountain we went back to the main island by Ocean Express Summit Station and ended the trip at The Waterfront to see my favorite animal. The most adorable stuffed toy like an animal is in the Giant Panda Adventure at the Amazing Asian Animals section.

Ocean Park closes up earlier than I expected, by 7:30 in the evening we were out from the gates and went back to our hostel. Tired and famished by the end of our trip we decided to have our dinner at Delicious Kitchen just near our hostel around Tsim Sha Tsui MTR. Dinner: HKD125 / S$20

Fifth Day: Shopping in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Finale

Hong Kong is a great place to try Chinese and Western fusion dishes, at the same time you can drop by different bazaars to do some shopping. It's really not that cheap compared to Bangkok but if you know where to go when you're all set for a shopping spree. Besides we've already visited all the major attractions of Hong Kong like Lantau Island, Disneyland, and Ocean Park, so it was time to do some serious shopping. I'm really not into this stuff, as I always say yet I still end up buying stuff for myself and most especially for my family and friends. I've always loved the feeling of buying things for other people. I always travel light so I always have space for a few souvenirs. 

Guangdong Barbecue Restaurant 

We started the day by having Brunch at Guangdong Barbecue Restaurant near East Tsim Sha Tsui MTR. The first stop was in Jordan Station where we started our window shopping, I was able to buy sneakers along the way. 

Mong Kok Station

The real deal was in our Second stop in Mong Kok station where Sports Apparel floods the whole area. Two words for this place it's an "Athlete's Haven". Everywhere you see were all branded sports outlets selling clothes, shoes, bags, and sports accessories. You can drop by Argyle Bazaar Mall for Ladies' fashion. 

Langham Place

For branded clothing check out Langham Place for air-conditioned shopping comfort. Take the E2 exit and walk along Nathan Road towards Shan Tung Street. Better wear comfortable shoes and breathable clothing, wearing a jacket is a big no-no. Drink lots of water and put on sunscreen if you're getting yourself exposed to a lot of sun. 

Causeway Station

Another place for shopping is on our Third Stop at Causeway Station. Luxury brands fill the mall in this vicinity and can eat up all your dollars if you're a label freak. It was too much for me so If you're like me I went looking for a friendly bazaar around the area. We found one at Jardine's Crescent, take Exit E from the MTR. 

Night Market on Temple Street

If you like shopping at night then check out the Night Market in Temple Street. The nearest MTR is Jordan or Yau Ma Tei. We chose Jordan MTR, the market is just 3 blocks away from the station to Temple Street.

Hui Lau Chan

We had to stop by for Snacks at Hui Lau Chan after a tiring day of walking around the city. The refreshing taste of a cold drink, mixed with fruits and sweets was enough to get me back on the road again. I've never had a cold dessert with dumplings before, what an unusual pair for an afternoon delight. 

Must-try foods:
Dimsum, Dumpling, Noodles, Ice Deserts, and Milk Tea. Never leave this country without trying out their specialities.

Hokkaido Rice Pizza

We went back to Tsim Tsai Tsui for a late-night dinner at Hokkaido Rice Pizza in ISquare. The mall is right across the street from our hostel in Chunking Mansion. This is not your ordinary pizza with the dough, toppings, and stuffed crust cheese filling. The base is made of rice shaped like pizza dough and add in some fresh tomatoes and seaweed strips. It was something different and fresh. 

Last Day

Hong Kong Airport

The next day was our last day in Hong Kong and my mum had an early flight schedule. I was left alone to wander around the airport. I was planning to check out Shek O Beach. According to my research, I just need to take Bus #9 from Shau Kei Wan MTR station and get off at the last stop. Travel time: 1 hour and 30 minutes. However, I had no more cash, and it time time-consuming as stated by this kind of tourist adviser, so I decided to hang around at the airport.

I said goodbye to noodles and dumplings.
Breakfast at Popeyes: HKD 40 and Lunch at Mcdonalds: HKD 40 

I bought a windbreaker jacket at Terminal 2 for my future trekking activities. Guess what, I've even had time to Watch a Movie in their Airport Cinema. How cool is that?! It was my first time to watch a movie inside the airport so it was something different for me. All smiles as I watched the movie The Maze Runner. 

Check-in Early

Reminders: Be sure to check in ahead of time. I didn't expect the boarding gates in Hong Kong Airport would reach from 1-500 +. After passing immigration a train will take you to the boarding gate, choose from 1-530 gates. My gate number was 503, good luck with that. I followed a series of signs that led me to a long escalator and to gate 501 onward. A bus then waits at the exit point which sends you off to your specific gate. After a series of walking and transferring, I finally reached gate 503 for my flight with Tiger Airways. Make sure to check the flight board or the information counter for your gate number. 

Lastly, I will end this post by saying that the first and last thing I've learned when traveling in Hong Kong is "Always Follow the Signs." Those directions were put up for a reason so let's make the most of it, and avoid getting lost in the country. 

Have fun and be safe ^__^

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